Lakeland special needs day care closed amid Medicaid fraud arrest
Families received a text message last week saying "we are a family business and due to a sudden family emergency we made the difficult decision to suspend operations temporarily."
She says he requires specialized care.
"High functioning autism, ADHD, aggressive behavior and epilepsy and asthma," she said about her son's conditions.
Walker said she enrolled Howard at Angels On Earth PPEC in north
Walker pulled him out in mid-January after being unsatisfied with his care.
She says Angels on Earth kept billing her insurance for transportation.
"He didn't go for all of February and the dots are all the scheduled rides for Angels on Earth," she said, pointing to an app on her phone that shows booked rides from her home to the
The app also shows rides booked for Saturday services, even though her son never attended on Saturdays, according to Walker.
"We trusted Angels on Earth and they really let us down," she said.
According to an arrest affidavit filed by the AG's office, 69% of Angels on Earth's Medicaid claims for Saturday service were fraudulent from
Other clients showed investigators instances where their insurance was billed for transportation that did not occur.
This week, the AG's office announced the arrest of
Angels on Earth was approved as a Medicaid provider in
The investigation began in
According to the AG's office, 34% of the company's Medicaid claims were fraudulent, totaling more than
Cabrera billed a nearly 100% attendance rate to get the maximum payment per patient despite knowing that not everyone attended every day, the AG's office said.
"This defendant used vulnerable children and their families for his own financial gain by overbilling and stealing from a taxpayer-funded program.
Calls to Angels on Earth PPEC were directed to an answering service Thursday. News
Cabrera is out on a
Calls to his cell phone went directly to voicemail.
On Thursday, a representative from
She told News
Angels on Earth PPEC operates four locations in
"We depended on Angels on Earth to be there for us and then all of a sudden they just shut their doors and it's just kind of like they left all their children out, just, I feel bad. That's all I can say. I feel really, really bad for the parents," said Walker.
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